Re: And what about the people ...
And because nobody knows where they are all are.
347 posts • joined 7 Apr 2011
Armbian Linux is very usable on the Orange Pi 3 as mine can testify even though it is currently marked as a "work in progress". The OPi 3 makes a rather fast firewall with native GigE, USB 3 .. the PCIe port is not supported under Linux because the "Allwinner H6 has a quirky PCIe controller".
I use Armbian on the various Orange Pi models I have deployed .. PC2, +2E, Zero and One
At that point I stopped reading .. and it had been going quite well until then.
I was employed for my lateral thinking, problem solving and communication abilities not my sartorial elegance.
Having worked in both academia and 'business' I found that the best people to work with were scruffy and/or odd/crazy and the worst people were clean shaven, sharp suited, forked-tongued MBA types.
I think the terms "some" and "unscrupulous" are redundant here ... remember in the free market the price is dictated by both buyer and seller ... just buy from the 'best value' (product of cost, quality and service) and be prepared to walk when the seller tries to pull a fast one.
I think this is a non story. The expired cert is not even for the given website ... I believe this is a 3rd party webhosting error. A default config on the frontend load balancer / SSL reverse proxy probably.
The website just appears to be a marketing site rather than a banking service site and as such should not HTTPS to be configured.
I'd love to say this is the bank's fault and is a result of outsourcing but I can't see any direct evidence of that.
Or even the BBC's 2008 "The Last Enemy" which had Cumberbatch trying to escape the Total Information Awareness database.
But the first one I fondly remember watching was the "IT Thriller" in the eighties, Bird of Prey, with the late great Richard "uncle monty" Griffiths ... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/07/monitor_bird_of_prey_retrospective/
You can make EASY MONEY by switching and taking advantage of savings offers (bank tarting).
First Direct pay £100 to switch (and they are very chatty in the customer service department and their mobile app on iOS can use TouchID).
Co-op pay £150 to switch (I've had an account with them for 20+ years)
Halifax pay £100 to switch
M&S pay '£100 M&S gift card' to switch (if you need a new suit, shirts, ties, ladies underwear)
If you don't want to switch then why not open a new account somewhere put a couple of direct debits on it and then after a month or so switch that account to one of the above and make some money .. rinse and repeat.
Also works for credit cards .. cash back on purchases and 0% interest for over a year (hint: put the money you would have used to pay off the credit card each month in to a regular savings account and earn up to 6% [firstdirect], 5% [nationwide])
TSB pay 5% on up to £100/month in transactions using contactless or apple pay .. money for old rope ... you even get 5% on up to £2000 when in balance .. just pay in £500 per month (standing order it around from another bank and then back again).
Remember money makes money but only if you make it work for you and not for the Banks.
Better still .. don't delete it, instead change ALL your details to something weird to help poison their well.
And change your email address to a specially created yahoo or hotmail one of course. It won't stop linkedin spam to your original signup address but you can redirect that to /dev/null
You really want to look at the upcoming Pebble Time 2 which is on kickstarter at the moment (nearly $10m so far).
I have an original Pebble (B&W but a bit ugly/utilitarian) and a Pebble Time (colour, nice styling and a comfortable fit) and I've ordered a PT2 because of the bigger display and pulse-meter (as its nice to know if you are zombie)
I also have an Apple Watch 'look-a-like' which is, umm, just a red LED digital watch inside but definitely looks and feels like an AW .. fun for hipster baiting 8-)
I'd say anything under the Homo genus is 'human' ... we don't know enough about the social relationships between members of each sub-species to say which one could be viewed as a more 'modern human' than another and so why introduce additional factionalism when it is not necessary.
Modern humans could just be the lucky survivors of a particularly bad winter, that does not make them any 'better' than hobbits.
It is not though is it .. it is bluetooth to a local 'hub' and then onwards to the internet. The 'hub' /should/ have the access and encryption controls for both the internal and external use.
The biggest issue with IoT (aside from 'why') is not the comms/protocols .. it is the secure updating/patching of code/firmware. An IoT device needs a secure boot, program code and comms stack with appropriate 'over the air' joining/synchronizing with local hubs and patching.
My view is to use the unix approach of small inter-connectable tools .. i.e. the 'hub' has all the 'smart' elements and the IoT devices are extremely 'dumb' and perform simple functions (turn on/off, measure temp etc) as directed by the hub.
My 'diy' arduino based heating system controller currently uses bluetooth (non-LE) to connect to my raspberry pi 'hub' as a serial device 'coz it was simplest to setup at the time. If I was redoing it I would use an ESP8266 and therefore move to a dedicated wifi vlan with additional layers of encryption and strong authentication (WPA2 + SSL + client certs) but /only/ if I could /not/ use a wired connection using structured cabling.
Bluetooth v4 LE is clearly an option for battery powered IoT end-points and also has the 'advantage' of a typically limited range to help with physical security ... so it seems reasonable to have a mix of comms technologies available.
Bluetooth appears more secure, by default, than 433/868Mhz RF comms and so I would certainly prefer to use that given how much easier these days it is to integrate in devices.
A 13 microsecond slew stops the prevision docking of oil tankers??? I would hope they used something more accurate than /just/ GPS for docking procedures, e.g. ship borne proximity sensors ... or even harbour 'pilots' and lots of eyes!
All systems can fail .. if you rely solely on /one/ system for anything important then you will get burned at some point.
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